a.1.Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
So woe-begone was he with pains of love.
- Fairfax.
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Brooke whenever they met, would sit looking at Meg with a woe-begone face, occasionally jumping up to shake and then kiss her in a very mysterious manner.
She could do little else than sit silently in a corner of the room, when the wet pear-tree branches, sweeping across the small windows, created a noon-day dusk, which Hepzibah unconsciously darkened with her woe-begone aspect.
It is now after the dinner hour of the asylum, and as yet my patient sits in a corner brooding, with a dull, sullen, woe-begone look in his face, which seems rather to indicate than to show something directly.
He had on a dirty old shirt, patched and very shabby; his legs were bound round with thongs of oxhide to save him from the brambles, and he also wore sleeves of leather; he had a goat skin cap on his head, and was looking very woe-begone.
As the pair traveled along in this woe-begone manner, a thought struck Ceres.
Nastasia Philipovna, observing his woe-begone expression, suddenly burst out laughing.
I saw her as woe-begone as ever; then, suddenly--oh, you poor little soul, and has it really been as bad as that!
A man of soft civilization, sitting at a desk, would have grown lean and woe-begone on the fare that kept Kama and Daylight at the top-notch of physical efficiency.
It stood crouched, with tail between its legs, like a miserable and woe-begone dog.
A profound silence succeeded to the reading of this choice epistle, during which Newman Noggs, as he folded it up, gazed with a kind of grotesque pity at the boy of desperate character therein referred to; who, having no more distinct perception of the matter in hand, than that he had been the unfortunate cause of heaping trouble and falsehood upon Nicholas, sat mute and dispirited, with a most woe-begone and heart-stricken look.
It had been blowing fresh, and it always suited Becky's humour to see the droll woe-begone faces of the people as they emerged from the boat.
I found myself growing angry, and that, I believe, only because my quarry looked so woe-begone.